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Announcements - Week of April 7-11

Our “Pre-Contest Concert” is Monday, April 7th at 7:00pm in the East Auditorium. Freshmen should arrive at 6:15 and all other students at 6:30. The concert uniform will be worn for this concert and the contest the following week. (Wind Ensemble will wear all black instead of the uniform.)

Our LPS Large Ensemble Contest is Monday, April 14th at Northeast High School.

• Please see the District Music Contest Info Sheet (view/print) for these details and more.
• Important items:

o Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble members will furnish their own transportation to and from the event.
o Symphonic Band and Concert Band members will either need to hit a drive-thru on the way there or eat from the fully stocked concession stands at Northeast. You will not be at East for 5th period so you can not get a school lunch that day.

The East Band Electronics Recycling Event is this Saturday from 9:00-12noon at East. All worker spots are filled but you may help out by rounding up old electronics and bringing them.

Leadership Applications are due April 17th.

Drum Major clinics will be held April 16th, 17th, 22nd, and tryouts held on the 23rd.

Jazz Café is Monday, April 28th at 7:00pm in the commons. All three groups will be performing that evening.

Drumline and Guard auditions/clinics are the week of May 5th. Details are on the website and posted in the hallway. Drumline packets will be available soon.

Band Scholarship forms are available now!

  • One is the Booster scholarship given to a graduating senior who plans on participating in a band in college. This does NOT mean you have to major in music.
  • The other is a Band Camp scholarship and can be used towards any summer music camp of your choosing.
  • These are both due to the music office May 1st.

Great Pictures

SMUG MUG account

Special LPS photos - thanks to Zachary Baehr


2013-14 Pep Band Schedule (View/Print)

Full Band Handbook


Drawstring bag

Purchase a Lincoln East Band drawstring bag for $10.00 each.  See Julie Hinds to purchase a bag.  Her Email is

Several fundraising opportunities will be available for students who plan to go on the big trip in March, 2013. Please contact Jaimie McGowan for more information.

Spartan Wear Order FormOrder your Spartan Wear Sweatshirts, polos, beanies

Order sheet

Meet the new Assistant Director

Mr. Kenney received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in May, 2012. After completing his student teaching at Lincoln East High School, he applied for and was offered the position of Assistant Band Director at East. His primary focus as an instructor there now is to teach Music Technology, Music Theory, and Guitar 1 & 2 while assisting Mr. Thorpe, Mrs. Smith, and Mr. Whitman in other music areas. Mr. Kenney will direct the Pep Band, Brass Choir, musical pit, and is the Tri-M music honor society sponsor and the technology chair for the music department. He met his fiancée, Catelyn, as a Resident Assistant at the University of Nebraska. They are to be married in July of 2013

Minutes for October Band Booster Meeting

Stay informed

Email Roster for Band Boosters and Band Members:  If you would like to receive updates in this manner, please send your email address to John Harroun at  (East High does NOT provide Email addresses to the Band Boosters.) Please include the name of your student and their grade.

The Band Program
Students at Lincoln East are very fortunate to have a wide variety of quality music ensemble opportunities. Below is a brief summary of each group and its role in the East Band Program. These ensembles can be subdivided into two major groups: Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular.

Co-curricular ensembles meet during the school day and you must be enrolled through Lincoln East to participate. You receive a grade for these ensembles and therefore must adhere to the grading requirements set forth by each class.

Extra-Curricular ensembles are not classes. They typically meet outside the school day and in no way are required to be in Band at East. They are meant to be extra opportunities that are open to East Band students.

Band Staff

Mr. Tom Thorpe, Director;
Mr. Paul Kenney, Assistant Director;
Mr. Del Whitman, Assistant Director & Department Chair;

Ms. Jessica Merten, Color Guard Coordinator
Mr. Aaron Bush, Drumline Instructor


since September 23, 2009